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Education & Training

Burke County Public Schools
Burke County Public Schools, a world-class model of exemplary education, inspires students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage and contribute to their community as productive citizens. 

  • Drexel Elementary School
  • Harry Hallyburton Alternative School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Draughn High School

Western Piedmont Community College
Western Piedmont Community

Near Drexel, WPCC sits on approximately 300 acres of  campus with rolling hills, lush foliage, a pond, and tennis court. It is home to the Senator Sam J. Ervin Library. Students have a wide variety of associate degree programs to choose from including three transfer associate degrees in Science, Arts and Fine Arts.  There are over 36 associate in applied science degrees in healthcare, industry, business, and education.

With annual enrollments exceeding 7,000 students, Western Piedmont Community College continues to provide quality, higher education and meets the dynamic needs of its community. The Continuing Education division situated behind the main campus offers general education and adult high school diploma programs, as well as English as a Second language, crafts, computer technology and woodworking.

Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lenoir-Rhyne University, a co-educational, private liberal arts institution founded in 1891, is located in nearby Hickory. Lenoir-Rhyne offers a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, language, religion, and natural sciences. The university enrolls approximately 2,500 students from across the country and around the world.